Coll

Coll

Mixed media drawing, 91.5 x 91.5cm. Marker pen, drawing ink, oil pastels, acrylic and powdered graphite on paper stretched over board.

This image begins to explore the idea of symmetry. At first glance it is simply an image of a hazel copse; on looking closer it is clear that certain parts of the image are reflected. Faces begin to peer out of the tree at the viewer; these faces (often demonic) emerge spontaneously and unbidden and come into existence somewhere between the surface of the drawing and the individual viewer's mind, shifting and changing according to the light, the point of viewing, etc.

The name 'Coll' is Old Gaelic for the hazel, a tree that signifies wisdom and features in a number of well-known legends - and yet is still considered unlucky by many in the Highlands.
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Coll

Coll
Mixed media drawing, 91.5 x 91.5cm. Marker pen, drawing ink, oil pastels, acrylic and powdered graphite on paper stretched over board.

This image begins to explore the idea of symmetry. At first glance it is simply an image of a hazel copse; on looking closer it is clear that certain parts of the image are reflected. Faces begin to peer out of the tree at the viewer; these faces (often demonic) emerge spontaneously and unbidden and come into existence somewhere between the surface of the drawing and the individual viewer's mind, shifting and changing according to the light, the point of viewing, etc.

The name 'Coll' is Old Gaelic for the hazel, a tree that signifies wisdom and features in a number of well-known legends - and yet is still considered unlucky by many in the Highlands.